Gert Jan Gast
gjgast at nioz.nl
Fri Feb 16 14:00:25 EST 1996
"Ms. S.J. Rickard" <srickard at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk> wrote:
>As for Eds question about the purpose of this newsgroup, I don't think
>there is a purpose, we the subscribers have only 2 things in
>common....one that we're women and two that we all have an interest in
>biology. The exact purpose of the group hangs entirely on those two
>things. Whilst I think it's great of Ed to think of his female
>subscribing to this group, I also think that as he doesn't meet one of
>the criteria (i.e. not enough X chromosomes) his role in the group should
>be as a listener and gatherer of information and not necessarily as an
>active participant. But then that's my opinion and the internet is a free
>world and he can do whatever he wants.
Is having no Y chromosome (to include those rare XXY's) to be
hold as a criterium to participate in this newsgroup? I would
very much like to know the general opinion on this question.
For the last six months or so I have almost daily read the
postings in this newsgroup. I have found many
contributions interesting, instructive and/or enjoyable. At times
I was tempted to react, but I mostly refrained because I do
recognise this as special place for many women.
However, to the principal that men should stay out as stated
above, I disagree. Change,whether on the job or elsewhere, in our
attitudes/relations/cultures has to be fought for and both women
and men have to play their parts. The way I see to make this
world a better place is in cooperation and communication, not in
one gender excluding the other (whichever direction). Excluding
men does not solve the problems you women (daily) have to meet.
So I think that men should be allowed to post opinions,
feelings, experiences, etc. in this newsgroup if they think they
are contributing anything meaningfull. But naturally only in a
decent, considerate and non-paternalising way!! (Which is of
course precisely where Ed went so blatantly wrong.)
If the general choice among you is to keep this newsgroup
excusively for women, I will of course respect that not post
What do you think&feel?
Luck, GJ (indeed: XY)
Gert Jan Gast
Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Department of Marine Ecology
P.O. Box 59, 1790 AB Den Burg, The Netherlands.
Phone: 31 (0)222 369573. Fax: 31 (0)222 319674.
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